Throughout the festival a number of workshops will be held on various topics.

Registration for workshops can be completed either online or at the door, on the day. Registration online is recommended, as each workshop has a limited number of places available.

Online Resources and Methods for Learning Polish

Children's movement workshop sessions

Discovering your Polish Heritage

A practical workshop on how to research and discover your family history

The workshop will take you on a journey into the history of Polish Australian families and will explore the complexity of your family’s roots and will help demystify and recover the past

Become the family historian while gaining a deeper understanding of the broader context of your family’s settlement in Australia

  • “Where do I start?” Assistance and advice for you to commence and progress your research
  • Learn how to smash down your brick wall
  • Acquire techniques for planning, recording and storing your research
  • Gain skills and understanding from experienced researchers and genealogists

Beginners to more experienced researchers welcome.

Discover your Polish heritage – General workshop for all
Saturday 29 December
10.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: $20 per person

Discover your Polish heritage – Young family detective workshop for teenagers and young adults
Monday 31 December
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Free for teenagers and young adults.

Location: The Polish Club “Polonia”


Tickets: $20.00

Renata Buziak, Dream 2, Cyanotype on cotton, 2011
Renata Buziak, Dream 2, Cyanotype on cotton, 2011

Tickets: $15.00

Make your own "Sunprint" with Renata Buziak

Have you ever created a photograph without a camera? Come along and learn about one of the earliest historical photographic processes: the cyanotype.

During the workshop you will create your own unique cyanotype print using natural materials, other objects and sunlight.

Cyanotype materials and some objects will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own small,  flat items (such as pieces of lace, fabric, string, black card, permanent marker, plant cuttings) to use in your composition.

Suitable for adults and children 8+ accompanied by a parent or carer.



Friday 4th January 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm,

Cost: $15.00 per person

Location: Grey Street Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, 226 Grey street, South Bank

Renata Buziak would like to thank the Queensland Government, “Polonia” – The Polish Association of Queensland Inc and QCA Galleries for their generosity in making this Event happen.

Renata Buziak is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

New Years Eve "Wianki" Making

Make your own wianek (flower crown) for our New Years’ Eve celebration and embrace our enchanted garden theme.

Expert florist Agnieszka Kowal will mentor and teach you to make your own amazing crown.



Tickets: $25.00


Tickets: $15.00

PolArt 2018 BRISBANE - ”Brisbane’s Narratives”

“Brisbane’s Narratives” with Jolanta Szymczyk [Yolanta Shimchik], Brisbane based textile artist, aims to celebrate and capture the spirit of Brisbane through the city’s unique botanical and landscape forms, textures and patterns.

It provides an opportunity to look closer at the city’s unique environment and embrace its stunning beauty, natural and cultural heritage and the city’s friendly and vibrant character. The participants will complete small textile piece and convert it into a one-off, personally made and designed wearable accessory.


The workshop will run for approximately 1.5 hrs

Participants will explore various textile printing techniques assisting to capture Brisbane’s unique flora, inspiring textures and the city’s patterns and print their impressions, interpretations and inspirations on Baltic linen, celebrating Polish textile and fiber art traditions.

This workshop is suitable for all age groups. No previous experience is necessary.

Jolanta Szymczyk’s practice, since its first operating days going back to early 2000s is committed to a zero waste design philosophy and principles. The practice is using safe, non-toxic materials.

Jolanta’s website:

Thursday 3rd January 2019

Location: The Polish Club “Polonia”

Jolanta Szymczyk would like to thank her Sponsors “Polonia” – The Polish Association of Queensland Inc for their generosity in making this Event happen

Online Resources and Methods for Learning Polish

Presented by Joe Stanny

Joe grew up using Polish at home in Tasmania. He is a teacher of Japanese and presents online courses. He enjoys finding online resources for people who might wish to learn, up-skill or maintain contact with the Polish Language. He has a particular interest in finding free or inexpensive resources. In order to succeed as a language learner, the learner needs to have fun. This means that resources need to be tailored to individual learning styles. In this session, he will present a wide variety of resources and discuss fun ways to learn Polish. Remember: ‘If you’re not enjoying it, you won’t bother doing it!’

Saturday 29th December 2018
9-10:00 am

Location: The Polish Club “Polonia”


Free Event


Free Event

Children's movement workshop sessions

Yvonne (Iwona) Kower has a background in movement, dance, physical theatre and yoga. Having studied at the London International School of Performing Arts and at the Laban Centre in England, she works as a movement director and tutor in movement for actors at major acting schools in Sydney. She is a dance coach for artistic gymnastics, specialising in developing physical creativity and perfection in performance. She also lectured in dance education (primary) at the Australian Catholic University for many years. As former artistic director of the Polish Folkloric Ensemble “Syrenka” for over ten years, she created many dance pieces for all ages, some of which are still performed today.


Sessions will run through PolArt 2018 Children’s Day.

Fridat 28th December 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: State Library of Queensland

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